Clarke has no intentions of playing into his late-30s
Recently-married Australian captain Michael Clarke has revealed that he will quit playing cricket before he reaches his mid-30s, which has not been the case with his predecessors.
Clarke stated that he had no intentions of playing into his late-30s like many of the former Australian captains did, like Steve Waugh, who played till he was 38 and Ricky Ponting, who is currently 37 and still playing Test cricket.
Clarke, who is currently 31, noted that he felt “blessed” by his marriage to long-time girlfriend Kyly Boldy, and has chosen to settle down instead of continue with his illustrious career.
The Australian media, quoted Clarke as saying: “I am enjoying playing now but in time, I won’t be the guy playing at 38, 39, 40.”
“I hope I can have my impact in a short space of time and then be finished. I would love to see the team have success, achieve what it can achieve,” he added.
Clarke, also mentioned that he intended to retire once his reign as captain was over, which is unlike his predecessor Ricky Ponting, who has continued playing cricket 10 months since he lost the captaincy to Clarke.
However Clarke, noted that the upcoming South Africa and England series were his priorities for the time being.
“I have so many goals I want to see this team achieve and when my time is up, it is up,” he said.
Clarke will be leading Australia in a five-match ODI series against England which starts on June 29.